Melón House represents an approach to the intimate desires of its inhabitants. Its materialization is the example of a custom designed and built space, a very personal design and at the same time, integrated with harmony in its community and neighborhood, as a new gear of a mechanism. Located into a quiet area in Morelia, this project has its roots in the idea of giving meaning of belonging and to make strong the connection with its community for a couple, where the daily activities, uses and inhabitants of the area are relevant to create a construction that dialogues with all these scenarios.

Both the construction process and technical follow-up stages are certainly no less valuable. On the contrary, preliminary perceptions and expectations of what was built there, generated the involuntary but valuable participation and integration of the neighbors and the people who walked by the house through several months, until they finally realized that the final narrative was honesty in their exposed materials, with no additional layers or coatings: timeless and consistent as the primary construction tools and techniques.

The natural expression in the materials, its constructive quality, its routes and uses, are those that characterize the design of the house, both in its inner dynamics and its dialogue with the urban and daily environment; it was about inserting the house, with a surgeon pulse, within an environment that already dictates its own rules.

The modulation, transparency and sobriety of tones, allows to experiment and live a flexible and free space, and to some, a universal and playful space, open to possibilities of varied natures. Beyond a private space, Melón House is understood as a living studio, giving a new meaning to the living machine, where the program prioritizes the common spaces by opening them to the street and to an interior patio through large windows, protecting the personal spaces to the inside.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, Brick Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Concrete Siding Material. located in a quiet area, this house pretends to create a link and dialogue with its neighborhood. Photo  of Melón HouseView Photos

located in a quiet area, this house pretends to create a link and dialogue with its neighborhood.

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Vegetables, Flowers, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Fences, Wall. main access Photo 2 of Melón HouseView Photos

main access

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Bench, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Sofa. on ground floor, the living areas have privacy from the outside Photo 3 of Melón HouseView Photos

on ground floor, the living areas have privacy from the outside

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, and Concrete Floor. kitchen area Photo 4 of Melón HouseView Photos

kitchen area

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. the modulation allows a free and flexible space Photo 5 of Melón HouseView Photos

the modulation allows a free and flexible space

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. wood elements creates a contrast between the concrete and steel Photo 6 of Melón HouseView Photos

wood elements creates a contrast between the concrete and steel

Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. the final narrative of the project was honesty in their exposed materials Photo 7 of Melón HouseView Photos

the final narrative of the project was honesty in their exposed materials

Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. the natural illumination and ventilation is allowed through large windows Photo 8 of Melón HouseView Photos

the natural illumination and ventilation is allowed through large windows

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. stairway Photo 10 of Melón HouseView Photos

stairway

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. neutral and sober tones create a peaceful atmosphere inside Photo 11 of Melón HouseView Photos

neutral and sober tones create a peaceful atmosphere inside

Modern home with Concrete Floor and Ceiling Lighting. bathroom Photo 13 of Melón HouseView Photos

bathroom

Modern home with Outdoor, Flowers, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Side Yard, and Post Lighting. interior patio Photo 14 of Melón HouseView Photos

interior patio

checkered windows reminds of an atemporal space and represents the idea of a custom designed home Photo 15 of Melón House modern homeView Photos

checkered windows reminds of an atemporal space and represents the idea of a custom designed home

a game of reflections is created by the handmade smithy and windows. Photo 16 of Melón House modern homeView Photos

a game of reflections is created by the handmade smithy and windows.

Modern home with Outdoor and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. view from the rooftop Photo 17 of Melón HouseView Photos

view from the rooftop

Architect
Photographer
  • Edson Contreras
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2019
  • Square Feet
  • 160